Warrington too strong for Wigan

Warrington too strong for Wigan

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Warrington Wolves claimed their first win at Wigan Warriors under Steve Price after a 40-14 win at the DW Stadium.

Warrington took the lead after seven minutes. Daryl Clark put a grubber kick towards the in-goal, and Connor Wrench was there to score his first senior try for the club. Stefan Ratchford converted to open up a six-point lead.

The Wire almost doubled that lead a few minutes later. Blake Austin’s kick caused some confusion at the back for Wigan, and Ratchford was able to run over under the posts. However, it was disallowed as the video referee decided Jake Bibby was taken out without the ball.

However, they wouldn’t be denied a few minutes later. Jake Mamo intercepted an offload from Oliver Gildart and raced 80 metres to score. Ratchford scored the conversion.

Just past the 20 minute mark, Warrington got their third try. Austin attacked the line, and was able to get an offload away to Matt Davis, who went through to score. Ratchford converted to make it 18 points in 22 minutes.

Wigan managed to respond with seven minutes to go until the break. Kai Pearce-Paul managed to get an offload away to Sam Powell, who got through the gap to score. Harry Smith converted to get the Warriors back within 12 points.

Warrington looked to extend their lead before the break, but Ratchford’s drop-goal attempt drifted just wide.

However, the visitors did extend their lead just three minutes into the second half. Mamo intercepted a pass from Smith, and ran 80 metres again to score his second. Ratchford added the conversion to give Warrington their 18-point lead back.

With half-an-hour left, Wigan gave themselves a chance. Willie Isa took in a pass from Jackson Hastings, and went through a small gap to score. Smith missed the conversion, meaning Wigan still needed to score three times.

They got one of those tries just before the hour. Hastings was again involved, his clever kick found Gildart, who touched down. Smith was again off target with the converson attempt.

Warrington punished that six minutes later. Ratchford was able to put Jack Hughes through a gap to score. Ratchford was unable to add the conversion this time.

The visitors then made the game safe with seven minutes to go. Wrench was able to step his way through the defence, and get the ball away to Ben Currie to score. Ratchford was back on target with the conversion attempt.

There was also time for Warrington to reach 40 points. Wigan tried a short goal line dropout through Hastings, but it was collected by Mamo, who went over for his hat-trick.

Both sides now face a short turnaround before their next game. Wigan travel to local rivals St Helens on Sunday, while Warrington welcome Leeds Rhinos on Monday night.

Wigan Warriors: Jackson Hastings, Jake Bibby, Willie Isa, Oliver Gildart, Liam Marshall, Tommy Leuluai, Harry Smith, Ethan Havard, Sam Powell, Oliver Partington, Kai Pearce-Paul, Liam Farrell, Morgan Smithies.

Subs: Joe Bullock, Liam Byrne, Joe Shorrocks, Brad O’Neill.

Head Coach: Adrian Lam.

Warrington Wolves: Josh Thewlis, Tom Lineham, Jake Mamo, Connor Wrench, Josh Charnley, Blake Austin, Stefan Ratchford, Daryl Clark, Mike Cooper, Ben Currie, Jack Hughes, Matt Davis.

Subs: Joe Philbin, Jason Clark, Danny Walker, Robbie Mulhern.

Head Coach: Steve Price.

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Steven Hughes

I am a freelance journalist based in Liverpool, specialising in football, darts and rugby league
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